Lawrence Lyall

Lawrence Lyall acquired the Ladywell Brewery from Mary Richards in 1855, having previously operated the Leven Brewery as one of the partners in Scott & Lyall. He ran the brewery until about 1881, when it was leased by Thomas Millar. Lawrence died in 1896 at the age of 75.

Amongst the beers produced at the brewery were Sweet Ale and Porter.

Location: Fisherrow

Active: 1855 - 1889

Status: Acquired

Breweries and other buildings

The Ladywell Brewery stretched north from the High Street, on a long piece of land, towards New Street. Most of the site has been cleared for a modern housing development, but the company offices survive on the High Street, converted to private residences.


Map of 1853 showing the location of the Ladywell Brewery
Map of 1853 showing the location of the Ladywell Brewery
© National Library of Scotland, 2017


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Other Sources of information

Books and periodicals

Lawrie, J. Honesty brewing: a history of the breweries, maltings and distilleries of Musselburgh and Fisherrow. Kennoway: Spiderwize, 2009.